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UOC participates in launch of a big data network for open research

The UOC, together with five other universities, and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have created Maredata, a Spanish network of open research data that will strengthen partnerships between researchers and serve sectors and disciplines interested in studying scientific data. On behalf of the UOC, Agustí Canals and Alexandre López-Borrull, professors at the Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences, are responsible for having developed this network.

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Digital visitor or digital resident, how do you browse?

If you use Internet to achieve a goal or answer a question, you browse functionally, you don't leave comments or opinions and you're worried about your privacy, then you're a digital visitor. But if you live, interact, open and display your social life on the Web, you're a digital resident. "One could think that it is an age or generational thing, but it's not like that. Sometimes, we are residents, other times we are visitors or both at once or more one than the other", say Agustí Canals and Eva Ortoll, professors of Information and Communication Sciences at the UOC and researchers for the "Digital  visitors and residents" study.

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Periscope: the app that makes visible what had (up to now) been invisible

Hundreds of people in the Brussels attacks broadcast the atrocities they were witnessing live. They did this using Periscope, an app that enables you to show and view life in real time. One year after its creation, this app now has more than 10 million active accounts and has allowed visibility to be given to things which some authorities would prefer to keep invisible, such as the refugee drama with broadcasts by the Bild reporter Paul Ronzheimer, the Baltimore riots, and the attacks on Paris and Brussels. And, what's more, this was all done live.

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Assault on the iPhone

Which should prevail, the right to public security or the right to privacy? This is the debate that in recent months has divided public opinion in the United States regarding the "iPhone case" that has pitted Apple against the FBI. Three experts from the UOC analyse the case on the occasion of Apple's 40th anniversary, which will be this Friday, 1 April.

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Students choose the UOC because it is an innovative university that lets them manage their time better

Bachelor's degree students have two main reasons for choosing the UOC: first, it lets them manage their time better and, second, it is seen to be a modern and innovative university. These are the reasons they give when they enrol. There are 33,292 people studying an official course at the UOC this semester, the second semester of the academic year.

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Facebook comes of age

On 4 February 2004, a social medium was born that, in just over a decade, has become one of the most revolutionary and successful inventions of the century: Facebook. In spite of the many transformations it has undergone from the visual, relational and content viewpoints, twelve years later, Facebook is still one of the world's most popular social mediums. It has 1.59 billion active users and, of these, 934 million log on to the social medium every day. Facebook has come of age and Mark Zuckerberg, its founder, has enormous aspirations for the network with his new, world-embracing project: Internet.org. Experts from the UOC analyse the past, the present and the ethical quandaries raised by this network's future.

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UOC leads EU project to authenticate student identity online throughout the e-assessment process

The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) will lead the European Union innovation and research project TeSLA (Adaptive Trust-based e-assessment System for Learning), which within a few years must enable students to be assessed online at the different learning stages. The project, presented on Tuesday, 26 January, at the "Sala Europa" of the Representation of the European Commission in Barcelona, is funded by the European Commission within the European framework programme Horizon 2020.

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iTunes, a key player in the paradigm shift in music consumption

9 January 2001. If we were to go back in time to that date and look at how we were consuming music 15 years ago, we would no doubt find cabinets filled with CDs and vinyl records in our homes, cassettes in the case of the more nostalgic listeners, revered analogue players, a monthly music budget that was considerably higher than today and also a group of consumers, those who had the latest technology, who had already used Napster or were using their computers to swap files with other enthusiasts.

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Star Wars: art or consumer product?

Star Wars was released on 25 May 1977. The day the film premiered, its creator and director, George Lucas, was on holiday in Hawaii. Neither he nor 20th Century Fox - the studio that produced it - nor his inner circle of friends - who had already seen it at private screenings - had much faith in the film's success. A few days later Lucas received a call from a Fox executive telling him to switch on the TV, where they were reporting on the queues of people lining up to see his film at cinemas all over the United States. The Star Wars phenomenon was born, one that would go on to be a huge box office hit that year, grossing $775 million worldwide.

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The UOC offers access to Filmin to Communication students

The UOC Library, via the Learning Resources group, has acquired a subscription to Filmin (for the UOC's Communication students and lecturers). This platform provides access to a catalogue of 6,000 titles, including arthouse films, documentaries and series.